For CPD events for property professionals across the Chilterns and Thames Valley


Breathe new life into old chimneys

Thame Barns Centre

***  This event has been postponed until January 2017.  ***

When bringing a chimney back into use, whether for a stove or an open fire, one may be faced with a number of challenges.  In this presentation, Laura Morgan of North Mill Stoves will talk about the problems of leaking chimneys, ventilation issues and the installation of flexible chimney linings. 

PPN Autumn Golf Day

Harewood Downs Golf Club, Amersham, Bucks

This year's PPN Autumn Golf Day will be held on Thursday, 20 October at Harewood Downs Golf Club, a superb Buckinghamshire golf club near Amersham, with easy access to the M25 and M40.  The beautiful course enjoys stunning views among the rolling Chiltern Hills, and features some of the finest holes in Buckinghamshire.  Over the last 10 years the course has enjoyed substantial investment and now boasts new USGA specification greens.  It is a challenging test of golf for both high and low handicap golfers.

Building Surveyors' Oxford Briefing 2016

Culham Science Centre, nr Abingdon OX14 3DB

This year's Building Surveyors' Oxford Briefing 2016 conference took place on Friday, 7 October 2016 at Culham Science Centre, nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire.  Over 120 people attended the one-day conference, the highest number ever in the 34 year history of the event.  Thank you to everyone, delegates, speakers and exhibitors, for making this a popular and enjoyable event.

Next year's conference will be taking place on Friday, 13 October 2017.

Tour of Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (a PPN event)

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Here East is a groundbreaking scheme to transform the former press and broadcast centres on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into 1.2 million sq ft of commercial space for London?s creative and digital industries.

This visit, arranged by PPN, will consist of a tour of the site and a talk by architect Roger Hawkins of Hawkins\Brown.

Further details will be published shortly.

IPMS - an update on office and residential property measurement

Maidenhead Golf Club

The RICS Property Measurement Professional Statement requires that all measurements of office buildings be done in line with the International Property Measurement Standard (IPMS).  The standard is in the process of being extended to other asset classes such as residential, industrial and retail, with IPMS:  Residential Buildings to be published before the end of 2016.

You may download the presentation slides (for personal use only) (12MB pdf).

Construction & Property Lunch Club - August 2016

Savile Club, 69 Brook Street, London W1K 4ER

Anyone with an interest in construction and/or property is welcome to attend the Construction & Property Lunch Club's regular networking events. Lunches are held at the Savile Club in Mayfair.  Over 40 people attended a recent lunch.

The cost is ?60.00 pp (half price for first time attendees) - with a choice of hot buffet (and starters, pudding, cheese and coffee) and half a bottle of wine included.  Cash bar beforehand.

A practical guide to diagnosing structural movement

Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes MK9 2EE

Many surveyors are nervous about diagnosing cracks observed in a building.  This is understandable as the interpretation of cracks can be difficult to teach and requires a breadth of knowledge and experience. 

In this talk, Malcolm Holland, a regional senior associate at Countrywide Surveyors, describes from first principles a simple methodology to record and diagnose movement and cracking in buildings.  With a reasonable knowledge of building construction and of factors that distort cracks, at least nine out of ten cracks can be diagnosed in just a few minutes.

"You can do it - success with your own business"

KIngs Hotel, Oxford Road, Stokenchurch HP14 3TA

"You can do it - success with your own business" is Andy Jansons' story of setting up his own commercial property agency in the 1990s, the trials and tribulations that followed, and the continuing success of the business today.

This will be a motivating talk for those who are contemplating launching out on their own, with plenty of tips and advice to help you take the first steps or grow your own business.